Pakistan's army chief joins conference in Afghan capital


Sources in Afghanistan's ministry of defence confirmed General Bajwa's visit for participating in the conference.

Kabul is hosting military chiefs from several neighboring countries for a conference to plot a course on how to deal with escalating terrorism in the region.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who represented Pakistan at the critical conference, gave a candid view of the issues involved and rebutted allegations being levelled against the country about presence of terrorist sanctuaries or safe havens.

The army chief restated Pakistan's position while speaking at the Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) conference held at Kabul .

Army General John Nicholson, the commander of the Resolute Support mission, and the Afghan Army Chief Gen Sher Mohammad Karimi are both in attendance, the handout read.

He also assured that Pakistani territory was not allowed to be used against any other country, adding that Pakistan expected the same in reciprocity.

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Bajwa said collaborative approach and persistence is the answer to all challenges, for which Pakistan is ready to play its part.

However, once the two-member delegation returned to Afghanistan, the air of hostility resumed with accusations against Pakistan.

"I believe that at last Pakistan will bow to worldwide pressure and will join the fight against terrorism", Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Daulat Waziri said on February 13.

In a report released in November, the Afghan Ministry of Counternarcotics and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said opium production in the country increased by 87 percent to a "record level" of 9,000 tons a year ago, compared with 2016 levels.

Capt Tom Gresback, spokesman for Nato-led forces, said in a statement the event "afforded leaders the opportunity to meet in person and identify opportunities to protect and promote common interests, specifically pertaining to securing a lasting peace for Afghanistan and stability for the region". "We continue to strike them wherever we find them".